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L. VOLUME 9 ISSUE 23 FRIDAY JUNE5, 2009 50 Hidalgo Count3 -dod p~oqa~ Ol ~Ia~ smal~ToVm Papers 5026 California Avenue SW Seattle WA 98136 wil not ur Courtesy. submisison An electric rate increase approved by the N.M. Public Regulation Com- mission for PNM customers today will not affect the utility's customers in communities formerly served by TNMP. The current rates for PNM cus- tomers in .Ruidoso. Alamogordo, Lordsburg, Silver City and Bayard re- mare in place. However, all PNM cus- tomers can take advantage of existing PNM energy efficiency programs and new programs the company will launch this summer to help them save money. "'We are committed to helpingcus- tomers find ways to save." said Teri Gatton. PNM director of operations for Western New Mexico: PNM offers residential customers discounts for compact fluorescent light bulbs at participating retailers, poten- tially saving between $5 and $13 a year for each bulb, depending on the watt- age; and a refrigerator recycling pro- gram that includes a $30 rebate and free pick-up, potentially saving $175 a year for removing an old. second refrigerator thal is not replaced. Certain business and residential customers can receive rewards for par- ticipating in a program to lower their power use when demand for electric- ity on the PNM system is greatest, typi- cally hot summer afternoons. Program details are available at bates. New energy efficiency programs were approved by the PRC earlier this month and are expected to be avail- able to customers by July. They in- clude two new programs for income- qualified customers and a program to help businesses manage their energy costs. For information about PNM rebate programs or your PNM bill. call 1-888- DIAL PNM (1-888-342-5766) or visit Plan taking shape for June 19 Relay for Life By KAREN McDONALDIRe/ay For Life We are coming along on our 2009 Relay. The teams are looking for ways to raise money before the Relay. We will be having 2 Bingo events this weekend, one in Animas and one in Lordsburg. B e r n a 4 Arambula has 4 been sewing her little fin- ~ ~ ~i~ gers off. ~0~ L|~ making a quilt and 8 blankets to raffle off this year. There are. Lordsburg Mavericks fleece blankets and Animas Panthers fleece blankets, and one very pretty Relay Quilt. So see Berna or Rudy for chances to win one of these nice homemade items. The chances are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Don't forget your luminarias for the event. They are $5.00 and you can put your loved ones' name on them and we light them at dusk. It is ,a beautiful ceremony at the Relay. Berna and Rudy also have the bags and will be glad to help you. Once a year for a few hours some people come together to raise money to fight Cancer. It is one night to walk, visit and do something worthwhile for somebody else. We get so wrapped up Rodeo Field Day a big hit Animas kindergarten through 6th graders enjoyed a Rodeo Field Day at the end of their school year. Activities throughout the day included panning for gold, cowboy dress up races, cow milking, bull riding, sack races, river rock grab, cactus41rt and barrel racing with stick horses. After some fun competition, everyone enjoyed a hotdog cookout, a cowboy sing- along with Kip Calahan (above) and root beer floats. Hay bales were provided by John and Jody Hatch. For more Rodeo Field Day pictures, see Page 10 of this week's edition. Courtesyphotos Rep. Teague honors 85th Anniversary of Border Patrol Courtesy submission, Congressman Harry Teague and Congressman Silvestre Reyes are hon- oring the 85th Anmversary of the Bor- der Patrol with a resolution they have introduced with 35 cosponsors in Con- gress. The resolution expresses gratitude for the continued commitment of the Border Patrol in protecting the United States. The Border Patrol is often the first line of defense against many threats. They patroI over 8.000 miles of interna- tional borders with Mexico and Canada and the coastal waters around Florida and Puerto Rico to secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hun- dreds of U.S. regulations, including im- migration and drug laws. "'For the past 85 years our Border Patrol has worked tirelessly to protect our borders. These brave men and women deserve our full support," said Representative Harry Teague, the pri-. mary sponsor of the resolution "With the recent escalating border violence in Mexico their service has been especially valuable and critical to the safety of our rifice with this resolution." "As a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol and former Sector Chief. I have a deep appreciation for the men and women who work hard everyday to keep our borders secure." Representative Silvestre Reyes said. "The 21sl century challenges faced by our Border Patrol agents today are vastly different from those confronted during the Agency's early history. The U.S. Border Patrol continues to play a vital role in preserv- ing our national security, and I commend all the agents serving across the country for continuing the Agency's proud legacy of professionalism and dedica- tion." Today over 18.800 Border Patrol Agents risk their lives in defense of our country. The resolution will be intro- duced next week. when Congress returns to session. FSA County Committee nomination begin June 15 in TV. electronic games, and ourselves citizens that live in the border commu- that we often can't see what is needed nities along southern New Mexico. We Fr. Tony Clark for our fellow man. hope to honor their commitment and sac- Fr Tony Clark o,E,, WHAT: Cancer doesn't bug ~arewho you are. It will get youtoo. NM Lords r We have new cancer survivors this year. y retire after 12 years in andsome of our previous survivors have died this year. This is a small community event. but last year we won an award for the most money for our size. This is great. It seems kind of a shame that our only medical providers in Hidalgo County, as well as the only Bank, can't get teams to help us out. It doesn't take much to have a team and getting walk- ers isn't that hard Ruben Abeyta, is going to help us again this year and he is getting the Am Bank of Silver to help us. THANKS RUBEN! Some of the teams have been with us since our first year and we have two new teams this year. The returning teams and their cap- tams are: Lollipops Theodore "Chopo" Castillo The Champs Vera & Tricia Newell Good ole Girls--Pat Williams Andales Anna Tapia Abeytas Ruben Abeyta Knights of Columbus Sal Diaz Hidalgo Cruisers Carmen Acosta Bootheelers Willie McDonald The new teams this year are: Soggy Bottom Bunch Linda Erikson Elks Lodge Annette George Hope to see you on June 19. 2009 at the Short Park softball field. receives $3.8 i milli0nf0r abandoned mines The Interior Department has awarded $3.8 million to the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Depart- ment to reclaim abandoned mines-near Raton. Socorro, Deming, Lordsburg and Hillsboro. Other projects under development are near Madrid, Gallup, Grants and Sil- ver City. The money will be used to close mine openings and remove environmen- tal and safety hazards at abandoned mines. An additional $20 rnjllion is tar- geted for New ~VIexico mine cleanup through 2015. State Energy Secretary Joanna Prukop said more could be done if the Interior Department would reverse a policy requiring most of the funds to be used on abandoned coal mines. Prukop said doing so would free up money to clean up New Mexico uranium mines. Lordsburg After 12 years as pastor at St. Joseph's Church in Lordsburg, and more than 30 years overall pastoral service. Fr. Tony Clark has officially retired. Fr. Clark celebrated a farewell mass to an overflow crowd of parishioners on May 13. He officially retired at the end of May and plans to help parishes in what will be his new home in northwestern Mexico. Prior to his pastoral tenure in Lordsburg, Fr. Clark spent six years on the opposite side of the diocese minis- tering to people of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Hobbs, New Mexico. While in Hobbs. Fr. Clark contin- ued honing his skills as a strong sup- porter of human rights causes a char- acteristic that accompanied him to the Lordsburg area where he helped orga- nize the St. Joseph Parish community into a spiritually productive body of so- cially conscious Catholics. years of increased nominations of minor- ity and women producers and we hope that will continue." To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must partici- pate or cooperate in a program adminis- tered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which Submitted by USDA/Lordsburg Arlen Hall. Executive Direct'or for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Hidalgo to, day arinounced farmer and rancher can- didate nominations begin June 15 for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. The nomination period continues through Aug. 3. 2009. Elec- tions take place this fall. "I encourage all producers to partici- pate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the August 3~d deadline." said Hall. "We are counting on as much participation as possible, because county committees are an important link between the farm com- munity and the U.S. Department of Agri- culture. We have seen a trend in recent by Mayor Clark Smitl the person is a candidate. Producers may also nominate them- selves, and organizations representing minority and women may also nominate candidates. To become a nominee, eli- gible individuals must sign form FSA- 669A. The form and other valuable In- formation about FSA county committee See FSA on Page 2 The City of Lordsburg received the following information on the Municipal Swimming Pool. "The Lordsburg Municipal Swimming Pool complex was designed and con- structed in' 2001. The complex consists of a lap and activ- ity pool and a children's pool. The pools are drained by trench drains covered by PVC grates, anchored by stainless steel clips to the trench. All of these gratings exceed the minimum size estab- lished in ANSI/ASME standard A-112.19.8- 2007 and are classified as unblockable drains. A second test is m solve for the entrapment force crite- ria. According to this criteria, the flow rate required to pro- duce an entrapment force through a 24"x36" grate is 6.350 gpm. The circulation pump for this pool has a maximum flow rate of 743 gpm. En- trapment force is not a hazard in this pool.The Municipal Pool was constructed with drain systems that meet and exceed the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (December 19. 2007) and ANSI/ASME standard A112.19.8- 2007. No additional work is required to bring your facility into compliance." As soon as the new underwater lighting system is installed and the pool in- spected, the pool will open We are looking at opening by June 15~h. Lots to do. so have fun, be safe and please get involved in your community and help support our local youth in their athletics and academics in the Lordsburg and Animas schools. II UPCOMING EVENTS Drivers Ed Drivers Education Class will be of- fered June 8~h at Lordsburg High School. For more information call 542-3782. VVCC VBS You are invited to*BOOT CAMP (Biblical Outlook and Outreach Train- ing). There'll be games, snacks, crafts. fun skits, music, learning more about God's Word and more - all in a fun Army boot camp setting. VBS is the week of June 29. 2009 to July 3, 2009. 9:00 am to noon, with an All American celebra- tion on Friday evening. For more infor- mation call: 575-548-2539. or 575-548- 2477. Ladies Salad Luncheon The Ladies Salad Luncheon will be held on Friday, June 12, 2009. at 11:30 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Lordsburg. Ladies are invited to bring a friend and a salad. Guest speaker will be Carmen Rodriguez of Deming. Horseshoe Tournament A benefit Horseshoe Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2009 in Lordsburg at 314 E. 'B' Street. Proceeds will benefit Chris Pantoja's Australian football trip. A hamburger fry will be held in conjunction with the tournament from 1 to 3 pro. For more information contact Chris Pantoja Sr. at 575-542-3496 or 575-538-1081. Free classes Summer is about here! Parents would you like to spend some quality time with your children? How about some Cooking and Nutrition classes ab- solutely FREE? Really it will not cost you anything but your time. The ICAN program can personalize your class so that you and your family can work to- gether to make some delicious, nutritious foods. I would like to invite anyone that would like to participate as a family in the ICAN program. For further informa- tion or want to schedule a class, call Lori @ 542-9291. Transfer Station hours Starting the first Sunday in May and continuing through the last Sunday in August the Lordsburg Transfer Station will be open on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 pm through 4:00 pm. Diabetic Support Gp. The LaVida Diabetic Support Group 'will be'continuing with the 'Conversation Maps' & starting on the second map, Diabetes & Healthy Eat- ing. These maps are a new & innova- tive way to learn much more about Dia- betes & Pre-Diabetes. through inter- action & discussion among support group members. The Diabetic Sup- port Group meets every last Wednes- day of the month. 10 am-I lam in the HMS Conference Room. This month's Group will, meet on Wednesday, April 29th. L